There are many crimes in which the capture of a suspect ultimately relies on witness testimony. After a robbery allegedly occurred at a Wells Fargo in Boulder, the police reportedly relied on witness testimony to find and arrest a suspect. This man is suspected of committing felonies in connection with the robbery.
About ten minutes after noon on a recent Monday, Boulder police were called to the Wells Fargo under suspicion of a robbery. One of the tellers stated that a man approached her station and told her that he had a gun. However, the investigators gathered that no firearm — or any other weapon — was actually brandished during the purported robbery. The suspect allegedly demanded cash from the teller, and he then fled the scene on foot after supposedly receiving an undisclosed amount of cash.
It is reported that the officers who responded to the scene created a general profile of the man’s physical appearance based on witness testimony. Some officers patrolling the area near the bank allegedly spotted a man who matched that description. The police arrested the man and charged him with aggravated robbery.
Even though witness testimony is a commonly accepted form of evidence, it is not always the most reliable. Understandably, felonies are serious accusations, and the criminal justice system seeks to safeguard innocent people from conviction for crimes they did not commit. During stressful situations, the human brain can often mix or confuse certain details. It is possible that the collective description of the suspect provided by the witnesses in Boulder is wrong. If DNA or other forms of evidence surface during the investigation, indicating that the man was not actually involved, then it is possible that the charges may be reduced or even dropped in their entirety.
Source: thedenverchannel.com, ” Wells Fargo bank robbed in Boulder; suspect John Stewart Montgomery arrested, police say”, Brian Hernandez, April 28, 2014